PLAY!

For the Love of Play!

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Play brings Joy – Happiness – and purpose to our lives!  PLAY simply should exist in children’s lives (and adults) for the LOVE of PLAY!

Yet, we are still wanting evidence that it somehow supports academic progress, success, and proves PLAY has a deeper purpose!  Guess what!  It does!

So while my tiny voice inside mimics Gandini’s Reggio voice from a conference a few years ago, in saying “You Americans!  Always obsessed with evidence and product!”  I will also meet you half way and tell you where to find your toolkit!  Fill it up!  And use it well!  Advocate for PLAY!  Study it!  Defend it!  and better yet practice it!  PLAY! (I don’t care if you are 5 or 99!  You need to PLAY!)

Pile of Evidence:

http://www.nifplay.org/about_us.html

http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/gca?allch=&submit=Go&gca=pediatrics%3B129%2F1%2Fe204&gca=pediatrics%3B119%2F1%2F182

http://www.popupadventureplay.org/

http://www.thestrong.org/about-play/play-studies

http://playeverything.wordpress.com/play-and-playwork/play-types/

http://www.amazon.com/Play-Shapes-Brain-Imagination-Invigorates/dp/1583333789/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394640604&sr=1-1&keywords=play

http://www.amazon.com/Let-Them-Play-Learning-Curriculum/dp/1605540536/ref=sr_1_14?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394640671&sr=1-14&keywords=play+early+childhood

http://www.amazon.com/Tumbling-Over-Edge-Bev-Bos/dp/0931793025/ref=sr_1_fkmr1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394640707&sr=1-2-fkmr1&keywords=play+early+childhood+bev+bos+a+rant+for+play

http://www.amazon.com/Designs-Living-Learning-Transforming-Environments/dp/1929610297/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1394640738&sr=1-6&keywords=reggio+and+play

http://www.amazon.com/Learning-Together-Young-Children-Curriculum/dp/1929610971/ref=pd_sim_b_2?ie=UTF8&refRID=1YB76KNH2MEDR4GCG3A5

http://www.amazon.com/Beautiful-Stuff-Learning-Found-Materials/dp/0871923882/ref=pd_sim_b_7?ie=UTF8&refRID=129D4ZPPWPACP8XG7FF4

http://augusttojune.com/

 

Have resources on the value of play?  Please share!

 

 

 

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